By: Diane Benjamin
Expecting Renner’s hand-picked budget task force to find cuts is laughable, so here’s some help for them: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8482
Salaries make up the largest part of the budget, so obviously every job needs to be assessed for its contribution to the City. Adding personnel in Administration just means employees discovering vital work to do that didn’t matter at all a few years ago. The below list is TOTAL compensation for 2014 for some questionable employees.
Start with the last one – Emily Bell. She retired and received a huge payout for accumulated sick days. If nobody is going to fight to get this ridiculous policy changed, 100 years from now employees will still have this perk. NOWHERE in the private sector can employees get a fat check when they retire because they saved sick days!
Budget dudes/dudettes: MILLIONS of bucks here from future retirements. Got any guts?
Why does David Hales need so many assistants?
Why does Bloomington need a Budget Manager? Either that person isn’t capable, isn’t allowed to do her job, or the task force is unnecessary. Which one?
Why does Bloomington need a Budget Analyst? See above
The Communication Manager doesn’t communicate – scrap that job
Community Engagement Manger? Seriously?
How’s Economic Development and Marketing going? Not well with all the vacant store fronts, how about leaving it up to the private sector when the City quits taxing citizens to death! Raise taxes and they won’t matter anyway!
Imagine how much pension expense could be saved privatizing golf. What else can you privatize?
I hope the budget task force has reviewed the employment positions themselves. Something tells me they haven’t.